Arsenal blunder hands Birmingham first trophy in 48 years (2)

13:24, February 28, 2011      

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Arsenal's Johan Djourou reacts after losing their English League Cup final soccer match to Birmingham City at Wembley Stadium in London Feb 27, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Three finals have been lost by Arsenal since 2005 as Wenger's wait continues for his youthful side to have something to show for its eye-catching football.

That lack of success, Wenger conceded before the match, had placed "a weight on the team." Only this season has Wenger selected strong sides in the League Cup, which he had derided in previous years and fielded young players.

Wenger hoped the final would show how far his side has matured, but Arsenal was sluggish and struggled to impose itself.

While Birmingham has qualified for the Europa League with the win, the priority is staying in the Premier League.

Arsenal will turn its attentions to an FA Cup fifth-round replay against Leyton Orient on Tuesday and a Champions League last-16 match against Barcelona the following week.Source: China Daily
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